Livingston County United Way’s 17th annual Day of Caring, a one-day community improvement blast that helps residents of all ages, as well as area nonprofits and schools, saw over 1,200 volunteers head out in our community on Aug. 15.
The focus of the day is to improve lives, help area residents remain independent, and support the efforts of the organizations who serve the community. Diane Duncan, first-year Day of Caring coordinator, worked with two co-chairs Piet Lindhout and Jeff Blagg, and volunteer University of Michigan intern Alais Murillo.
In all, 1,216 volunteers completed 130 projects, including fixing up homes of local families and seniors, cleaning and gardening at local schools, and supporting the efforts of community nonprofits. This year, the Brighton Rotary Raiders helped to build three ramps at the homes of residents needing increased mobility options. There was also increased engagement from local sports teams and high school students.
Another first from this year’s event: Special Ministries participants joined the lunchtime picnic and danced along with members of the Dance Project. Over 600 volunteers were fed, either at the picnic or their volunteer worksite.